Florida Aviation Business Association
Serving the General Aviation and Business Aviation Community Since 1946

Victory was sweet two years ago when FABA helped draft and enact the use tax exemption for out-of-state aircraft for flight training, repairs, and temporary use in Florida. But we’ll be taking two victory laps this time as a result of the Legislature’s action on the tax exemptions for the intangible tax for FBOs and on labor and parts for small aircraft repair and maintenance.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that was enacted in 1990 for the purpose of prohibiting discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. Under the ADA, most businesses are required to provide individuals with disabilities equal access to services. Title III of the ADA requires places of “public accommodation,” including most aviation businesses, to be accessible to persons with disabilities.
I had been invited to join CarolAnn Garratt, three-time around-the-world pilot, in flying through Oman, India, and Thailand. I was one of several pilots who accompanied Garratt for portions of her global flight enhancing public understanding of Lou Gehrig’s disease.
City, community, and aviation leaders came together recently at Flightline Group’s Technical Service facility in Tallahassee, Florida, to welcome executives from GippsAERO, the Australian based manufacturer of the GA8 Airvan utility aircraft, and their parent company, Mahindra Aerospace, from Mumbai, India.
Think speed, energy, heritage, innovation, and customers. That is the mantra of Cessna Aircraft Company as the world’s leading general aviation company charges forward to raise industry standards in today’s competitive marketplace. The drive for success from Cessna’s leadership is contagious as CEO Scott Ernest challenges his more than 7,800 employees to think differently, increase product quality and exceed customer expectations—all while standing on the company’s reliable foundation of eighty-five years of corporate heritage.
June 11-13, 2012. Those are the days you want to be in Florida at the Four Seasons Resort, Palm Beach. Industry leaders will be at View Points 2012, the 66th FABA
Annual Conference.
The two largest sources of income for community airports and FBO’s (fixed based operations) are fuel sales and T-hangar rentals. A great deal of information has been written and discussed about how to maximize fuel sales, but there is very little information about T-hangar rent. For all other forms of real estate such as, industrial, office, apartments, and retail, there is a plethora of information about competitive rents, vacancy rates, and expenses. So much data has been collected and analyzed on these property types there are indexes available to make sure that your property is operating within the norm of rent and expenses for the industry. None of this data is available for the second largest income stream of community airports and FBO’s, aircraft T-hangars.

A thought occurred to me just this morning as I was taking my two-and-a-half year old boy Jake for his ritual golf cart ride around the airport: What a gift I am able to give him and in turn him to me. To see the look of pure joy on his face as he rides around with me gives me great perspective on what I do for a living, and where I do it.